Georgia Pecans in the new USDA MyPlate icon

Q: Do Georgia Pecans fit in with the new USDA MyPlate icon?

A: Yes! Nuts, including Georgia Pecans, are just as important in planning a healthy diet with MyPlate as they were with the FoodPyramid. The USDA hasn’t changed their recommendations for healthy eating, only the graphic representation of what makes up a healthy diet has changed to make it easier for you to visualize.

Nuts, like pecans, are still considered part of the protein group (the purple section on the new plate). On MyPlate, one-half ounce of nuts is equivalent to one ounce of lean meat.

If you eat one ounce of Georgia Pecans (about 19 halves), it’s the protein equivalent of two ounces of lean meat, a little more than one-third of the daily 5-1/2 ounces recommended for someone consuming 2,000 calories a day. The US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, on which MyPlate is based, suggests 2 to 2-1/2 ounces of nuts (of which Georgia Pecans can make up all or part of the total), seeds and soy products a week. For vegans consuming 2,000 calories, the recommendation is 7-1/2 ounces of nuts, seeds and soy products a week.

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